Mending Broken Links


It doesn’t matter how cool your 404 page looks, clicking on a link that leads to nowhere irritates readers. And it confuses search bots, which can affect your search engine rankings. But if you’ve been blogging a while, it could take you days to check all the links within your blog.

So, what’s a blogger to do?

Today’s Techie Tip offers a solution to finding and repairing those broken links — and that solution takes a matter of minutes.

The solution is the Broken Link Checker for WordPress plugin. Developed by Janis Elsts, this plugin boasts the following features:

  • Monitors links in your posts, pages, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional).
  • Detects links that don’t work and missing images.
  • Notifies you on the Dashboard if any are found.
  • Also detects redirected links.
  • Makes broken links display differently in posts (optional).
  • Link checking intervals can be configured.
  • New/modified posts are checked ASAP.
  • You view broken links, redirects, and a complete list of links used on your site, in the Tools -> Broken Links tab.
  • Each link can be edited or unlinked directly via the plugin’s page, without manually editing each post.

To install this tool, go to your WordPress dashboard and scroll down to Plugins. Click on “Add New.” In the search box, type in “Broken Link Checker.” Then click “install” and “activate,” and viola!, you’re done. Go to the screen that displays your installed plugins and click on “settings” next to Broken Link Checker. The settings page will give you a list of the broken links the Broken Link Checker for WordPress has located within your site along with choices for you to make as to how to handle the broken link (unlink, discard, etc.).

You can learn more about the basic usage of the plugin by visiting the Broken Link Checker for WordPress’s home page.

Until next time,

Happy Blogging!

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#1 Bette Dowdell on 12.02.09 at 10:14 am

Thanks for this fabulous information! My site was hacked, with many pages removed. According to Google Analytics, 404 was one of my most visited pages. Finding and fixing broken links can’t be classified as fun, but this plug-in made life a whole lot easier.

Thanks again for your help.

#2 Linda Fulkerson on 12.02.09 at 10:27 am

Hi Bette — I’m so glad you found this helpful. I only had a few, but it took me less than 10 minutes to install & activate the plugin, check for the broken links, and fix them. Not bad!

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